&Beyond welcomes Matetsi Private Game Reserve to collection

With Zimbabwe fast re-emerging as one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, experiential luxury travel company &Beyond is delighted to announce its expansion into Zimbabwe.

The company will once again take over the management of the exclusive &Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve - &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge and the 50,000 hectare wildlife concession on the Zambezi River - while also re-establishing an exclusive ground-handling operation in the area.

“With the expansion of Victoria Falls Airport providing easier access and the changing dynamics of how guests travel in the region, we felt that it was the right time to re-engaged with an old safari favourite of ours,” said Joss Kent, &Beyond chief executive.

&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge is situated within 25-miles of Victoria Falls.

It has an incredible 17 mile stretch of private Zambezi River frontage and offers exceptional wildlife experiences including twice daily games drives, bush walks, riverboat cruises and canoeing, all within the huge private concession. 

The lodge was previously managed by &Beyond from 1996 to 2011 and is undergoing an extensive US$10million rebuild before it reopens as part of the &Beyond portfolio on July 15th, 2016. 

“The lodge’s owner is totally passionate about the project and has worked incredibly hard to resuscitate the concession, focusing both on wildlife and habitat.

“This matches &Beyond’s core ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People,” explained Kent. 

“Having originally been involved in the conversion of the Matetsi concession from wildlife hunting to photographic safaris, we are really excited to once again be helping to protect and nurture this beautiful and unique wilderness area. 

“The game experience that we will create at &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge will provide an element that has been missing in the Victoria Falls area for far too long.”